"[Jackson] never came off the field – special teams, offense, [and] defense... He was on every special teams, and offense and defense on every play. We couldn't afford to have him off the field and have the records that we've had the last two years."
In the three seasons prior to Cohu's arrival, Madison Academy has posted a 20-13 record. In the two seasons since, the Mustangs are 23-5 and have ended each season in the AHSAA Class 3A quarterfinals.
"Yeah, we'd like to win the state championship every year," Cohu said. "But we've been a mediocre team historically and the last two years we've emerged as a top ten team in our classification in the state of Alabama."
If Madison Academy would have advanced beyond the quarterfinals this season, it would have done so without Jackson. In the loss to Hamilton (Ala.), the 6-foot, 180-pounder partially tore the MCL and ACL in his knee.
In the last two seasons, Jackson was Cohu's primary offensive weapon at wide receiver.
"We ran him – he had rushing yards from the backfield – but he had 58 receptions," Cohu said. "He was also a guy that brought a lot of attention to the field, so every defense had to scheme and make sure they could corral him."
In Madison Academy's defense, which utilized a mixture of zone and man coverages, Jackson was always matched up opposite the opponents' top receiver.
"I would like to think of myself as a lockdown corner," said Jackson, who recorded 35 tackles and three interceptions as a senior.
UNC was in the minority in recruiting Jackson as a cornerback. Cohu, though, believes Jackson will make a "really good" cornerback in college.
"He's got extremely quick feet, quick hands, very good hip rotation, and movement," Cohu said. "He's a lockdown guy that can shut somebody down, [and] has very good technique.
"Sometimes high school athletes are living off their athleticism and when they get to college they struggle a little bit, but Kam's a student of the game. He understands a lot of college coverages, because when I came here I brought a lot of college coverages to our team. He does a good job of reading offenses [and] reading receivers."
But, because of his pedigree, Jackson has the ability to instantly turn into an offensive player if the ball is in his hands either from a turnover or a kick or punt return.
"Could he make plays offensively? Absolutely, because he's extremely quick and explosive and fast," Cohu said.
Since verbally committing to UNC in early July, Jackson says the coaching staff has been in "constant" contact. Typically, he speaks with Troy Douglas, UNC's defensive backs coach, or Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator.
"The conversation is mostly ‘how are you doing, how's school going, we can't wait to get you up to Carolina, how's the family doing,'" Jackson said.
Jackson made his lone campus visit since committing in September for UNC's home opener against Georgia Tech.
"I had a lot of fun," Jackson said. "It felt like home."
Jackson's next visit to UNC will be his official in January.
"Coach Withers, he visited last night and we talked about [my official visit]," Jackson said. "We decided somewhere after Jan. 7, because of my mom's surgery – she had heart surgery. She doesn't get cleared to go back to work by the doctor's until after Jan. 7."
Jackson had planned on playing basketball this year. However, his knee, which won't be 100-percent healthy until March, will prevent him from doing so.
"I'm going to be rehabbing my knee," Jackson said. "After that, I'll be working out with my strength and conditioning coach.
Jackson projects as a qualifier by the NCAA Clearinghouse.